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The Snowtown Murders (2012)

The Snowtown Murders

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

March 02, 2012 (Limited)

Duration

120 min.

Studio

IFC Midnight

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Justin Kurzel

Producer

Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw

Screenwriter

Shaun Grant

Starring

  • Lucas Pittaway
  • Daniel Henshall
  • Craig Coyne
  • Richard Green
  • Louise Harris
  • Anthony Groves
  • Brendan Rock
  • Frank Cwiertniak

Story


Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, "The Snowtown Murders" is Justin Kurzel's directorial debut, a stark journey into a brutal subculture of suspicion, addiction and violence. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes' Critics Week, the film follows Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris), a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies, she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home. John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) is the moral compass of a self-appointed neighborhood watch who, fueled by cigarettes and beer, cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants, and in the process takes Elizabeth's son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing. "The Snowtown Murders" is an uncompromising film focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenager and a father figure who is revealed to be the worst kind of bully.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..this is a well made but gruesome and often unwatchably violent film, made the more disturbing by its deferred and indirect revelations about the killer's modus operandi..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]
“..it's a film you want to turn away from but can't, because the psychology's so astute, the absence of any way out for Jamie so tangible and devastating..”
by Tim Robey [Daily Telegraph]
“..a movie that can be admired in many respects from a distance but is progressively less emotionally engaging..”
by Richard Kuipers [Variety]